Ph.D. FAQ | College of Business Administration | Kent State University

Ph.D. FAQ

Program Structure

When does the Ph.D. program start?

We admit students to start in the Fall semester only.

 

Can I attend the Ph.D. program part time?

The Ph.D. program is a full-time program only. 

 

What Ph.D. concentrations are offered?

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Management 
  • Marketing

 

How long does it take to get a Ph.D.?

The time to completion will vary by student, but the average time nationwide to complete a Ph.D. in Business Administration is five years full-time. 


Admissions

How many new students do you admit each year?

We admit approximately two to three students per department so, on average, we enroll 10 new students per year.

 

If I am an international student, am I required to take a test of the English language?

Yes, international applicants must either take the TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson TSE.

 

What are the minimum English test scores accepted?

  • TOEFL IBT: 100
  • IELTS: 7

 

Can the English Language test requirement be waived?

The language test can be waived if you meet specific criteria. Please refer to the Office of Global Education website.

 

When are classes scheduled?

Monday to Friday, throughout the day.

 

What is the minimum GMAT score accepted?

The minimum GMAT score considered is 600. However, due to the highly competitive nature of the program, high test scores do not guarantee admission.

 

I HAVE ALREADY TAKEN THE GRE. DO I NEED TO TAKE THE GMAT IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED?

The GMAT is required for the Accounting concentration. The other four concentrations accept GRE scores as long as they correspond to at least a 600 score on the GMAT.

 

Do I need a Master’s degree in order to be considered?   

An applicant should have a master’s degree in order to be considered for the program. However, the degree is not required to be in a business discipline.  

 

Aside from the GMAT OR GRE, what other factors are considered in admission?

Other factors include courses taken and grade point average (transcripts), essay of goals and objectives, resume (cv), and 3 letters of recommendation. A test of English is also required for some international applicants.

 

Can I be reviewed for admission if I haven’t taken the GMAT OR GRE?

Unfortunately, no. All application materials, including the GMAT or GRE, must be received before a file can be reviewed for admission.

 

Do you have conditional admission?

Because our program is highly selective, we do not offer conditional admission.

 

If admitted, how can I apply for a teaching and research Assistanship?

With few exceptions, students who are admitted into the program are also awarded the research and teaching assistanship. Therefore, there is no separate application for the assistanship.

 

What does the teaching and research assistanship include?

The fellowship includes a full tuition waiver for courses needed in the Ph.D. program, along with a $20,000 stipend for the academic year, in exchange for teaching and research in the College of Business Administration.

 

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is January 1 for international applicants and February 1 for domestic applicants.
 

Do all of the admission documents need to be in by the deadline? 

Yes, all admission materials must be submitted by the deadline in order for an admission file to be reviewed.